Madison Co. officer injured in hit-and-run crash

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH)  – A Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning, according to police.

Officials said Lt. Joseph Rodney was driving south on 100 W. when a van traveling east on 500 S. disregarded the stop sign at 100 W. and pulled into the path of the officer. The cars collided and Lt. Rodney’s car went off the road into some trees.

Police said the van fled the scene. The van was later found abandoned on 600 S. near Pendleton.

During a search for the occupants of the van, a teenage girl was found in a field. Officers said the van was being driven by a 17-year-old at the time of the crash. Three other teens, including the girl found in the field, were passengers in the van.

According to investigators, the parents of the teens involved are cooperating with investigators.

Lt. Rodney was taken to Community Hospital in Anderson where he was treated and later released.

His squad car is believed to be a loss, according to police.

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